Kenya Helps Revive Probe Against Moreno Ocampo
Kenya has urged the International Criminal Court to expedite the probe into the conduct of former Chief Prosecutor Louis Moreno Ocampo during his probe of the Kenyan cases.
The remarks were made in Kenya’s statement presented during the 17th session of the Assembly of State Parties to the Rome Statute that will be concluded on December 12.
The government has been accusing Ocampo of coaching and paying witnesses in exchange for testimonies against President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Henry Kosgey, Mohamed Hussein Ali, Francis Muthaura and Joshua Sang’.
“The allegations against former prosecutor should not be swept under the carpet. Kenya urges the Office of the Prosecutor to refer the allegations to an external, impartial and neutral entity to conduct an open and transparent audit of these allegations,” Kenya appealed.
It is reported that he promised the witnesses a good life abroad if they agreed to throw the six suspects under the bus.
In her remarks at the opening of the session, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda assured that she would continue to advance independence and impartiality under the Rome Statute with unshaken resolve.
Ocampo was also accused of colluding with high profile suspects in other cases to help them escape trial.
Kenya also said stem action should be taken against those found culpable by adopting the proposed amendments to article 70 that aim at deterring misconduct by court officials.
Moreno was the first ICC prosecutor since the court began functioning on July 1, 2002.
He left the court having served his non-renewable term of nine years in 2012 and was succeeded by his former deputy, Bensouda who fumbled the case against the six Kenyans.
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